In*au"gu*rate (?), a. [L.
inauguratus, p. p. of inaugurare to take omens from the
flight of birds (before entering upon any important undertaking);
hence, to consecrate, inaugurate, or install, with such divination;
pref. in- in + augurare, augurari, to augur. See
Augur.] Invested with office; inaugurated.
In*au"gu*rate (?), v. t. [imp.
& p. p. Inaugurated (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Inaugurating (?).]
1. To introduce or induct into an office with
suitable ceremonies or solemnities; to invest with power or authority
in a formal manner; to install; as, to inaugurate a president;
to inaugurate a king. Milton.
2. To cause to begin, esp. with formality or
solemn ceremony; hence, to set in motion, action, or progress; to
initiate; -- used especially of something of dignity or worth or
public concern; as, to inaugurate a new era of things, new
As if kings did choose remarkable days to
inaugurate their favors. Sir H.
3. To celebrate the completion of, or the
first public use of; to dedicate, as a statue. [Colloq.]
4. To begin with good omens. [Obs.]
Sir H. Wotton.